No regrets mantra for Griffiths as Knights reach desperation point

Prop Tom Davies is an injury doubt for the clash with Nottingham. Picture: Andrew Roe
Prop Tom Davies is an injury doubt for the clash with Nottingham. Picture: Andrew Roe

Have no regrets – that is the message Clive Griffiths has delivered to his players as Doncaster Knights’ enter a defining period for the club’s future.

The Knights host Nottingham in front of Sky cameras on Good Friday (4.45pm) knowing anything less than victory would be a hammer blow to their survival hopes.

Second bottom Jersey picked up yet another losing bonus point last weekend, leaving the Knights seven points from safety after their trip to Bedford was snowed off.

And with a trip to Jersey up next after the Nottingham game, Griffiths is keen to head to the Channel Islands on the back of a positive result.

“What I’ve said to the players is whatever happens, if they can look back and honestly say they could have done no more, they can sleep soundly,” Griffiths said.

“There is only so much you can do as a coach and a player and I feel they’ve given their all to this fight.

“We can’t afford to have any regrets over this next monthbecause we’re in a situation where there’s no margin for error.

“We need to win two games at the very least and in that situation you’re still hoping Jersey pick nothing up along the way.

“It’s a very difficult situation, one that none of us ever wanted to be in.

“We’ve let so many games slip away from us this season – ones where we had the opposition on the hook but didn’t reel them in.

“We can’t be in a situation where we’re saying that about any of the four games that are left.

“If we lose this weekend and Jersey get anything at Newcastle, the situation will be desperate.

“We need to give ourselves something to build on when we go to Jersey on April 13.

“Success breeds success and confidence breeds confidence. We need something this weekend.”

To survive the Knights must win two out of four league games, something they have not done since last January.

Griffiths will check on the fitness of prop Tom Davies who was ruled out of the scheduled clash with Bedford.

The trip to Bedford has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 17.